Daily Archives: January 4, 2009

China’s Solution To Children Killed and Injured By Melamine-Tainted Milk: Arrest Parents Who Talk Too Much

Melamine Poisoned Babies

Melamine Poisoned Babies

Communist Despots Declare “Settlement” – Arrest Victims’ Parents To Prevent Press Conference

Chinese police detained the father of a child who became ill from tainted milk apparently to prevent him and other parents from holding a news conference to complain that proposed compensation for their sick children is too low, a lawyer said Friday.

Dairies announced details of a compensation plan equivalent to $160 million US this week as at least 17 people went on trial for the contamination that killed at least six children and made nearly 300,000 others sick. The milk contained melamine, an industrial chemical that caused kidney stones in children…

…The news conference, scheduled for Friday in Beijing, was called off after organizer Zhao Lianhai was picked up Thursday, said Li Fangping, a lawyer for some of the parents. He said Zhao was being held at a Beijing hotel. “The purpose was to prevent the parents from holding a news conference,” Li said, adding that 10 parents had planned to participate.

The Communist government, which seeks to control what the public sees and hears, frequently suppresses comments about disasters.

The parents “said the compensation was unilaterally set by the companies with no participation from victims’ families,” Li said. “They thought the amount of compensation was quite low.”

… read the entire article at CBC News: Chinese Police Detain Tainted Milk Activist

Look On The Bright Side: If China Mistreats Its Own Melamine Victims, The Country Will Have More Money To Give To Barbados!

Barbados and other Caribbean governments have a new best friend in the despots who run the People’s Republic of China. China has been spreading money around Barbados quite liberally: funding and training our police officers (that’s scary!), our military and Coast Guard and contributing to all kinds of building and social projects. China even gave an all-expense paid trip-of-a-lifetime to Barbados journalists and politicians and their spouses where they were shown the sights and honoured by high government officials.

All our politicians and journalists have to do to keep the money and free trips coming is to not mention any of China’s human rights abuses. So… the Barbados news media and successive BLP and DLP governments keep their subservient mouths shut. Can’t be offending the hand that feeds us, you know!

Sure, we know the Chinese government is brutal with their own citizens, persecuting them for wanting religious freedom, freedom of speech or even wanting a child. Sure, we know the Chinese government kidnaps pregnant women off the street, takes them to hospitals and clinics where they are tied down screaming while an abortion is done against their will – but hey, Chinese women don’t own their own bodies, the government does. To hell with mentioning women’s rights in China if it means we can’t get a free vacation next year too!

As a nation built by slaves and their descendants, how can Barbados ignore the plight of millions of slaves kept by China?

Easy… China pays us to keep quiet!

And yes, we know that China runs slave labour camps where some three million imprisoned Christians and political dissidents are slave-labour for government factories that produce toys, clothing and machine parts at prices that the West can’t match. If the people were enslaved in Africa, that would be one thing, but these are only Asian people so our government and media leaders say  “What’s the big deal?”

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Prime Minister Thompson, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley and the professional Barbados news media all agree on one thing:  ignoring China’s slave camps and human rights abuses is a low price to pay for all that money the China sends Barbados – not to mention those free vacations!

Further Reading

CBC News: Chinese Police Detain Tainted Milk Activist

Our thanks to the BFP reader who alerted us to this story. Hey… it must be cold up there in Canada. Come home when you can!

Barbados Free Press Articles

Oct 7, 2008 – Tainted Ice Cream: Barbados Health Ministry Learns A Lesson (Hopefully)

Sept 13, 2008 – Barbados News Media Fails To Cover Major China Story: Tainted Food Deaths

Sept 10, 2008 – China In Crisis: Tainted Milk Toll Skyrockets – Four Children Dead, Thousands Seriously Ill – 22 Milk Producers Involved – Many Countries Banning China Milk Products

Aug 14, 2008 – Hartley Henry Pays The Chinese Back For That Free Trip!

Sept 21, 2007 – Mia Mottley Returns From China With Promises Of Money In Exchange For Continued Silence On Laogai Slave Labour Camps

June 6, 2006 – Barbados Media Forgets Anniversary – China’s Tiananmen Square Massacre

Keltruth Blog Article

July 6, 2008 – Did your pet die suddenly from kidney failure? Tainted petfood could be the cause.

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Barbados Connection To Famed Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee Airman Lee Archer At Gathering Of Mustangs, Ohio 2007

Tuskegee Airman Lee Archer At Gathering Of Mustangs, Ohio 2007

In 2007 I had the high honour of meeting briefly with retired Lt. Colonel Lee Archer at an airshow in the United States. Lee Archer is one of the original Tuskegee Airmen – the first black US combat pilots who flew in World War II. That was my second meeting with Lt. Colonel Archer. The first happened some ten years earlier at the world’s largest fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

For all my enthusiasm about aviation and aviation history, until I read a story yesterday at Ian Bourne’s blog (The Bajan Reporter), I never knew that one of the Tuskegee Airmen was from Barbados. Colonel Fitzroy “Buck” Newsum was born in Barbados and at the age of ten saw his first airplane and decided that he was going to be a pilot.

Ian has the full story at his blog and the big story which is that the remaining Tuskegee Airmen have been invited by Barack Obama to witness the Inauguration of the first black President of the United States of America.

A Special Treat For All Those Aviation Enthusiasts Out There

When I write these aviation articles for Barbados Free Press, I have to be ever so careful to avoid giving too many details because it wouldn’t do to have anyone identify one of the editors of this blog. I may be taking a little chance with the following, but looking back at who was with me at the time and the ten years or so that have passed since I had a need for this item – I think I’m alright to share this with you.

Besides, there is a part of me that wants to twist the nose of some of the folks who are desperate to know who writes Barbados Free Press.

So here you go folks. I’d wager everything I own that there is not another pilot on this island besides yours truly who has ever had a need for the following item – that still resides in my old flightbag. I was privileged to have actually used this item a few times during the summer of 1997. Click on the thumbnails to see the full-size photos…

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Robert

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